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San Jose Del Cabo

Luxury Living In Mexico's San Jose Del Cabo

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    • $2.02M

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    • $650,000

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    • $957,330

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    Sale to List Ratio: 97.1Average Days on Market: 101
  • Condos in USD YTD for
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    • $806,160

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    • $550,330

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    • $634,730

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    Sale to List Ratio: 98%Average Days on Market: 297

This Side Of Paradise: About San Jose Del Cabo Mexico

From lavish suites to Mediterranean villas, luxury homes for sale in San Jose del Cabo are some of the finest in Mexico. Find out what makes San Jose del Cabo a global real estate destination for sophisticated investors and worldly travelers.

San Jose Del Cabo At a Glance

The southern tip of Baja California is home to the municipality of Los Cabos, or "The Capes", which encompasses the neighboring towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. While most travelers associate Los Cabos with the lively town of Cabo San Lucas, or Cabo for short, the area also offers a more elegant and laid-back experience with San Jose del Cabo.

Despite their shared name and proximity to one another, these towns are worlds apart when it comes to the lifestyle and overall atmosphere. For one, San Jose del Cabo has an effortless elegance that's hard to emulate. It also has a more laid-back and authentic Mexican vibe than the more touristy environment of Cabo San Lucas. While Los Cabos attracts more than three million visitors each year, San Jose del Cabo has retained much of its character and local flavor.

The city is often referred to as the Old Town for its traditional Mexican charm with historic plazas and Spanish colonial era architecture. As a renowned travel destination, the Baja California Peninsula lies at the confluence of the Sea of Cortez (also called the Gulf of California) and the Pacific. Its crystalline waters, fantastic beaches, and vibrant culture attract visitors from all over the world. It is also a popular celebrity getaway with actors, models, and musicians vacationing in the area.

The two towns are separated by the 20-mile Tourist Corridor, which is known locally as carretera transpeninsular and is lined with award-winning resorts and golf courses fronting the Pacific. The Tourist Corridor offers a scenic drive from one town to the next — San Jose del Cabo is located just 20 miles northeast of downtown Cabo San Lucas.

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A Brief History Of San Jose Del Cabo

San Jose del Cabo has a rich and colorful history that dates back to the early 1530s, with Hernán Cortés' first expedition to the area and with the arrival of Spanish galleons in the late 1500s. Before Spanish exploration, the area was home to the Pericues, who hunted, gathered, and fished for sustenance. They were also known to have cultivated pearl-bearing oysters in the bountiful waters.

The Jesuits founded the Mission of San Jose del Cabo in 1730 and lies at the heart of the city's colonial center. The twin-spired church adjoins Plaza Mijares, a historic square surrounded by mature Indian laurel trees.

What San Jose Del Cabo Is Known For

This city offers a slower pace of living than the party scene of Cabo. It is also more community-oriented than its flashy sibling. While Cabo attracts merrymakers, San Jose del Cabo appeals to those of a more placid and retiring nature. Overall, San Jose del Cabo has a quiet environment with fewer tourists, party-goers, and expats. Go for a stroll around the plaza, explore the art galleries, and sample the local cuisine.

San Jose del Cabo is also known for its gorgeous beaches, heart-pumping water sports, and burgeoning arts and culinary scene. Beyond the pristine coastline and cobblestone streets of the city center, there are many outdoor activities to be enjoyed here, including hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and ziplining. Luxury homes for sale in San Jose del Cabo are highly coveted among snowbirds and real estate investors for their location, craftsmanship, and lifestyle associated with the city.

  • Population: 136,285 as of 2020
  • Total area: 68 square miles
  • Nearby communities:
    • El Bedito (approx. 7 mi., Distantias)
    • Miraflores (approx. 25., Savoteur)
    • La Ribera (approx. 47 mi., Savoteur)
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This Side of Paradise: Luxury Homes For Sale In San Jose Del Cabo Mexico

Housing Market Overview And general Real Estate Trends

Los Cabos is emerging as one of North America's biggest second home markets, according to a report by Forbes. It is also one of the strongest real estate markets in Mexico, posting annual sales growth of 6% for the last five years, according to The New York Times and CBRE Hotels research. With low inventory and robust demand, buyers would do well to make their best offer and come to the negotiating table prepared.

United States citizens and residents make up about 80% of buyers in Los Cabos. Many of these buyers come from California, Texas, New York, and Chicago. The availability of direct flights to and from major European cities like Madrid is expected to increase buyer interest and demand for housing.

When it comes to luxury home prices in Los Cabos, high-end properties generally command prices above $1 million. In addition to single-family, condo, and land sales, local real estate experts have observed many clients buying pre-construction and acquiring condos as seasonal homes and property rentals.

Luxury homes for sale in San Jose del Cabo come in an array of types, sizes, and architectural styles to suit each taste. Buyers can choose from sleek condos and villas as well as Contemporary and Mediterranean-style homes. Vacant land is also available.

Nearby Amenities

Some of the most sought-after properties in San Jose del Cabo offer sweeping water views or direct access to the beach. Properties within walking distance of shops, cafes, and restaurants are also desirable. Some condo developments may provide access to shared amenities such as swimming pools, and observation decks.

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Popular Neighborhoods

Palmilla is an exclusive master-planned community nestled along the Sea of Cortez. It will have over 900 upscale condos, garden residences, and single-family homes once fully built out. The community is also home to the globally renowned One&Only Palmilla Hotel, Palmilla Golf Club, and Las Tiendas, a shopping center.

La Jolla is a gated community located along the Tourist Corridor. Its residential developments offer custom-built homes perched on a hilltop as well as beachfront and hillside condos. The community offers direct beach access as well as shared amenities such as a pool, lounge area, and tennis facilities.

Club Campestre is a gated community spanning 550 acres and seven neighborhoods. Located within walking distance to the beach, Club Campestre has its own Jack Nicklaus golf course and beach club with an infinity pool, wading pool, jacuzzi, fire pit, and on-site dining.

Querencia is a private community offering custom homesites as well as detached and attached homes in a variety of sizes and layouts. It has three neighborhoods, namely El Campo, El Parque, and La Montaña. Upscale amenities include a Tom Fazio golf course, skate park, dog park, fitness center, pavilion, motorized catamaran, and tennis courts.

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Life InSan Jose Del Cabo Mexico

Getting Here

San Jose del Cabo is conveniently located just south of the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), which is one of the busiest international airports in Mexico and offers direct flights to many North American cities. The city is accessible by car, bus, or taxi for anyone planning to make a quick trip from Cabo.

Getting Around

San Jose del Cabo is a walkable city and is best explored on foot. It only has two main areas — the downtown area, which is home to the main plaza and cathedral and which has the highest concentration of shops; and the hotel area, which stretches along the beach. Historic sites and cultural attractions are located within the downtown area.

While it's possible to walk to and from these areas, visitors can also take a local taxi for convenience. Visitors can rent a car, which could possibly be the more cost-effective option for those planning to take multiple trips in a single day or week. Vacationers will find car rental agencies in Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) while some hotels may offer a shuttle service to transport guests to and from the airport.

Lastly, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views by taking a scenic and leisurely water taxi ride from the downtown marina to the gorgeous beaches for which Los Cabos is known.

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Visas And Other Travel Essentials

US citizens may enjoy visa-free travel to Mexico depending on the length of their stay and purpose for travel. International visitors must present a valid passport with six months' validity and the Tourist Card, which is available through airlines, travel agencies, or at the point of entry into the country.

View the list of nationalities that need a visa to enter Mexico.

Visitors who want to bring pets into Mexico must present the following documents upon arrival, according to San Jose del Cabo International Airport Customs and Security:

  • Health certificate
  • An APHIS veterinary medical officer's signature
  • A USDA-accredited veterinarian's signature
  • Vaccination against rabies and distemper at least 15 days before arrival date
  • All documents in original ink

Other things to keep in mind when bringing pets to Los Cabos:

  • Handwritten documents will not be accepted
  • Documents must not contain abbreviations
  • VS form 7001 health certificates must be signed and sealed by a veterinary services veterinarian

Lastly, visitors are advised to check with their airline for detailed requirements and regulations when flying with pets. Some airlines have specific rules on pet carriers as well as restrictions on the number of pets they can transport per passenger or family.

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Dining and Shopping

San Jose del Cabo has transformed into a culinary destination over the last few years. The 23400 District is especially popular among visitors and food critics. The district offers everything from authentic street food and traditional Mexican fare to fusion cuisine and innovative dining concepts. Visitors can choose from an array of breweries, cocktail bars, and Italian, Argentinian, Mediterranean, and Japanese restaurants.

Beyond the 23400 District, San Jose del Cabo offers a diverse range of gastronomic experiences. From open-air stalls and food trucks to international buffets and fine dining, visitors can explore an array of dining options.

San Jose del Cabo's dining scene draws inspiration from its culture and combines it with regional Baja influences to create unique flavors and textures. The city has attracted chefs from all over the globe and have left their own mark on the culinary landscape.

As for shopping, the cobblestone streets that spread out from Plaza Mijares are lined by 18th century buildings housing trendy boutiques, souvenir stores, art galleries, and locally owned shops selling jewelry, sculptures, ceramics, and artisanal goods.

Attractions And Entertainment

The Mission of San Jose del Cabo is an exclusive master-planned community nestled along the Sea of Cortez. It will have over 900 upscale condos, garden residences, and single-family homes once fully built out. The community is also home to the globally renowned One&Only Palmilla Hotel, Palmilla Golf Club, and Las Tiendas, a shopping center.

Plaza Mijares known locally as La Plaza, is the main square of San Jose del Cabo. It features a kiosk, several benches, and mature trees that provide shade. Located in front of the Mission and City Hall, the plaza is surrounded by colorful shops and restaurants.

The City Hall of San Jose del Cabo dates back to 1891 and is a fine example of Spanish Colonial architecture. It is home to the local government and features a picturesque clock tower.

The San Jose del Cabo Art Walk is a seasonal event that takes place every Thursday night from November through June. It gives visitors the opportunity to explore the city's rich cultural heritage and thriving arts scene. The main road, Obregon Street, is typically closed to vehicles to make way for attendees as well as live performers playing everything from traditional mariachi to contemporary hits.

During the event, visitors can explore the Gallery District, which serves as the city's cultural center. Guests can attend special events and exhibitions at participating galleries, speak with local and international artists, and enjoy wine and sumptuous food in the surrounding restaurants. Many of these art galleries are located behind the main square.

There are nearly a dozen galleries in the district, which typically have a bronze plaque at the entrance. These galleries showcase a variety of media and art forms, including painting, fine art screen printing, photography, sculpture, life castings, ceramics, jewelry, and folk art.

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Outdoor Recreation

San Jose Estuary is a natural preserve spanning over 125 acres. Located within walking distance from San Jose del Cabo, it is a popular spot for bird watching and nature photography with herons, hummingbirds, egrets, ibis, and various native and migratory birds.

Playa Palmilla and Playa Santa Maria are located near the city and offer excellent waters for swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. The former has gorgeous white sand for strolling, sunbathing, and playing beach volleyball while the latter is a marine sanctuary with beautiful golden sand and opportunities for scuba diving.

Playa Medano and Playa del AmorPlaya del Amor which is near the iconic Land's End (El Arco) rock formation), are accessible via water taxis from the downtown marina. Playa Medano is fantastic for boogie boarding, parasailing, water skiing, kayaking, and other water activities while Playa del Amor is a scenic stretch of sand that's perfect for strolling and sunbathing.

There are several golf courses in the area, including signature golf courses at private clubs and luxury resorts. These golf courses offer plenty of tee times and host various tournaments and outings throughout the year.

Visitors can take a day trip to La Paz, which is Baja California Sur's capital city and features historic colonial architecture and breathtaking desert landscapes; and Todos Santos, a coastal village with colonial era buildings, regional cuisine, and a vibrant arts and crafts scene.

Discover Luxury Homes For Sale InSan Jose Del Cabo

If you're ready to enjoy elegant coastal living in San Jose del Cabo, get in touch with the FINN Real Estate Group at 624-124-35-33 or send us an email to set up a consultation.

Our team of dedicated real estate agents provide exceptional service to clients in search of luxury residences and buildable land in Los Cabos. Our brokerage was established in 2022 and is led by Adrienne Westfall, a second-generation broker with over 18 years of experience in Los Cabos real estate. Contact us today to get started.

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